Poshaka Pitta

Last Updated: December 2, 2019

Definition - What does Poshaka Pitta mean?

In Ayurveda, Poshaka Pitta is a natural mala (waste product) of Rakta Dhatu. It is a physical precursor of Pitta dosha, one of three functional energies that make up the constitution and characteristics of the body and mind. Although it is considered to be a waste product, Poshaka Pitta provides nourishment for all Pitta throughout the body.

Yogapedia explains Poshaka Pitta

According to Ayurveda, the Sarira (body), Manas (mind), and Prana (life force) are all supported by tissues known as dhatu. Rakta Dhatu is the second of seven tissues, and is comprised of blood, red blood cells and bile.

In the metabolic process of tissue formation, a natural waste product known as mala occurs. In Rakta Dhatu, this waste product is Poshaka Pitta, otherwise known as bile. Rather than being flushed out or eliminated, Poshaka Pitta provides nourishment to the surrounding tissues, since bile is essential to lipid metabolism and the healthy functioning of the liver.

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